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  •  My husband, who is Jewish (0+ / 0-)

    seems to think that you can tell.  Well, maybe sometimes, but definitely not always, or even the majority of the time.  

    By the way, I dated a guy who was half Jewish (his father was Jewish) and he looked similar to how you describe yourself.  I think Jews have as much variation in appearances as any group, so thinking that you can tell or that one can "look Jewish" is naive, not to mention that it smacks of anti-Semitic roots.

    •  Yes & No... (2+ / 0-)
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      diplomatic, bittergirl obviously, Ashkenazi Jews like myself look a lot different than Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jews) or Mizrahi (Yemeni) Jews, but in my experience I'd say most Ashkenazi/Sephardi Jews kind of look vaguely like other "Mediterranean" &/or far western Asia originating people: Greeks, southern Italians, some Turks, some Lebanese, etc.

      It's all broad strokes, however, you're definitely right.  Does every Frenchman "look like a Frenchman?"  Nah.  So it is all a little silly, at the end of the day.

      I think the fact I have some Irish blood on my mother's side may play into it in my case, however.

    •  My wife's family... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...came from a city in Slovakia maybe 20 miles from my family.  

      We're often mistaken for brother and sister, even though she's Ashkenazi Jewish and I'm Carpatho-Rusyn Unitate Catholic.

      It made no difference to the Nazis, though...both Jews and Slavs were untermenschen...

      9-11 changed everything? Well, Katrina changed it back.

      by varro on Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 02:22:53 PM PST

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